Domestic Violence – Speakers

Read more about the speakers of our next virtual meeting on Domestic Violence below.

We are honoured to have as guest speakers:

  • Dr Deepthi Iyer – GP, recently completed a PhD on young Australian women’s perceptions of dating violence
  • Dr Anthea Woodcock – sexual assault expert
  • Dr Jacqui Marks – Emergency Physician working at RBWH
  • Hon Di Farmer – Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

After hearing from our guest speakers, we will welcome our panellists for an interactive Q&A session. Our panellists are:

  • Dr Marjorie Cross OAM – rural GP, GP teacher and clinical supervisor,
  • Dr Deborah Bateson – Medical Director, Family Planning NSW.


Dr Deepthi Iyer

Dr Deepthi Iyer is a general practitioner in Melbourne with a special interest in family violence and mental health. Her PhD through the University of Melbourne explored Australian young women’s perceptions of dating and dating violence. She is currently also a Member of the RACGP White Book review committee. 


Dr Jacqui Marks

Dr Jacqui Marks is an Emergency Physician working at the RBWH, Brisbane. Jacqui was an inaugural Healthcare Improvement Fellow, in 2018, with Clinical Excellence Queensland and she is currently studying a Masters of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality. In 2018, Jacqui completed a review of Domestic and Family Violence and Non-Lethal strangulation presentations to the RBWH ETC and she is currently working with a multidisciplinary team to improve ED care for this group of patients. 


Deborah Bateson

Deborah is the Medical Director of Family Planning NSW and has worked as a clinician,
researcher, educator and advocate in reproductive and sexual health for over 20 years. She
holds honorary positions as Clinical Associate Professor, Discipline of Obstetrics,
Gynaecology and Neonatology at The University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the
Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW, Sydney. Deborah’s main focus is on access to
high quality contraceptive and abortion care information and services and she supported
the introduction of domestic violence screening, and more recently screening for
reproductive coercion, across all Family Planning NSW clinics. Deborah has published widely
and provides frequent expert commentary to the media on a wide range of women’s health


Please submit questions in advance of the meeting to our Secretary, at [email protected]. We will be able to take a limited number of questions on the night.

Return to the Event Page for more details here.